Attributes of the Sassafras Tree
The Sassafras tree is a fragrant, warm weather tree found throughout the American South where it is well-known for its striking fall foliage and shapely height. Suitable for a majority of landscapes, the sassafras is a sight to behold. Here are a few ways to integrate this lovely specimen into your yard or garden.
Sassafras yields an array of colors, from pink and orange to deep purple and scarlet Autumn leaves. Setting this tree amid evergreen specimens makes the accented pop of gorgeous colors. The broad, deciduous leaves also contrast nicely against fine pine needles. This variety of texture and color is unrivaled making this tree great a beautiful choice for a Fall foliage tree.
The tree's fragrant leaves have long held medicinal purposes, and the roots have been used to make beverages and other edibles. If you love a yard that attracts birds and wildlife, then this tree is for you. Showy yellow flowers appear in the spring. The tree's sturdy branches and dense crown provide habitat and winter interest. Combine these attributes with a unique fall display and each of the senses is satisfied.
With heights up to 60 feet and a 40-foot spread, these trees provide shade and elegance. They are pyramidal in shape with leaves between 4- to 8-inches wide. They seldom require pruning and are capable of withstanding drought. This keeps maintenance and upkeep reasonably low. They are also pest and disease resistant. Though the flowers yield colorful fruit in spring, the sweet drupes are rapidly removed by hungry wildlife.
Though found primarily in the American South, this is successful in northern climates and is surprisingly tolerant of a wide range of soils. Loam, sand, clay and acidic soils are suitable for this tree as is full sun, partial sun, and even partial shade.
Whether planted along streets or highway medians or nurtured as multi-trunk shade trees or specimens in garden landscapes, it is an outstanding tree.
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